Saturday November 10, 2012Women's Hoops Hosts Georgia State on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Florida plays host to Georgia State in the O’Connell Center on Sunday, when both squads aim to build upon their respective season-opening victories.
Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. and is the first half of a Gator basketball doubleheader, as the men’s team hosts Alabama State 30 minutes after the women’s game.
Fans can purchase tickets for the women’s game only until halftime of the game: $5 for reserved seats; $4 adult general admission; $2 for youth age 17 and under; FREE for UF and Santa Fe students.
The Gators topped Fairfield, 71-49, with all nine players who dressed for the game scored at least three points.
The Panthers launched their season on the road and earned an impressive 64-50 victory at UCF, with nine of 10 players scoring, including four who posted a double-figure scoring effort.
Georgia State holds a 4-2 lead against Florida in the series history, with Sunday’s game the first between the two programs in 32 years. GSU has won the last three meetings, including the most-recent 86-75 decision on Jan. 26, 1980, at the Florida Gym in Gainesville. Florida’s last win in the series was actually a GSU-forfeit, as the Panthers were unable to travel to Gainesville because of a sudden snow storm in Atlanta and the Gators were awarded the victory.
The Panthers, which led the CAA in steals last year, swiped 15 in their season-opening win at UCF, scoring 34 points off of 28 turnovers en route to the solid road victory. Junior Kendra Long led the balanced scoring with 15 points - converting 3-of-5 three-pointers - and four steals, while sophomore Kayla Nolan opened the season with an 11-point, 12-rebound effort. Senior Cody Paulk added 10 points with five blocks, as she enters Sunday’s game with 138 swats in her career.
Amanda Butler enters Sunday’s game with 99 wins in six years coaching at her alma mater. The 98 wins she accumulated during her first five seasons with the Gators are the most by any coach in program history through their first five years at UF.
In Florida’s season-opener, Jaterra Bonds started her team-leading 34th consecutive game, while redshirt-junior Lily Svete earned her first collegiate start. Freshman Sydney Moss became the first rookie to start her Gator debut since Kayla Lewis was on the floor for the season-opening tip for the 2010-11 campaign. Lewis started on Friday for her eighth career start, while junior newcomer Vicky McIntyre jumped center against Fairfield.
Moss had quite the impressive collegiate debut, just missing a triple-double, as she recorded 9 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists against Fairfield. The nine assists set the record for a Gator debut, breaking the previous mark of six set by Sarah Lowe (2002-03), Brandi McCain (1998-99) and Amanda Butler (1990-91). She became just the seventh - and third freshman - Gator to collect at least 10 rebounds in a debut. The other two freshmen were Olympian Tammy Jackson (1981-82) and WNBA pro Vanessa Hayden (2000-01).
The Gators had just nine players available for the season-opener against Fairfield, with six of those newcomers, including five freshmen.
The Gators enter Sunday’s game against Georgia State riding a seven-game home winning streak, including an eight-game run against non-conference teams.
Florida (1-0) vs. Georgia State (1-0)
Stephen C. O’Connell Center (11,373)
Sun., Nov. 11, 2012 * 1 p.m. ET
Game Coverage & More!
Radio: LIVE on The Star 99.5 FM (WBXY) in Gainesville with Adam Schick & Brittany Davis
Internet Audio: LIVE thru www.Gatorzone.com (FREE)
Internet Scoring: LIVE thru Gatorzone.com (FREE)
Internet Video: LIVE on www.Gatorvision.tv (subscription)
Tickets: Women’s Tickets available until halftime of the game: $5 for reserved seats; $4 adult general admission; $2 for youth age 17 and under; FREE for UF and Santa Fe students
Parking: FREE in the O’Connell Center parking garage until the conclusion of the game, with entrance to the garage off of SW 2nd Ave.
*this is the seventh all-time meeting between Florida & Georgia State
*the Panthers lead the series 4-2; last meeting on Jan. 26, 1980
*Florida has won seven consecutive home games; including 8 straight versus non-conference teams at home
*Amanda Butler has won 99 games in six years as head coach of the Gators
*both head coaches played their college ball in the SEC
*today is the first and only doubleheader this year with the Gator men
*all 9 Gators who dressed on Friday scored at least 3 points
Additional Hoopla for Today’s Game
Doubleheader with UF men’s team -
Tickets: Women’s Tickets available until halftime of the game:
$5 for reserved seats; $4 adult general admission;
$2 for youth age 17 and under; FREE for UF and Santa Fe students
Parking: FREE in the O’Connell Center parking garage until the conclusion of the women’s game, with entrance to the garage off of SW 2nd Ave.
Chili’s Ticket Promotion-Fans can take their tickets to Chili’s after the game and redeem for FREE chips and queso.
Rowdy Reptile Check-In- This game has been designated a Rowdy Reptile check-in event. Students with a valid Gator 1 I.D. should report to Gate 2 to have their Gator 1’s scanned and earn 4 points!
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